Morgan backs same-sex marriage

Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Equalities Minister Nicky Morgan has said that she does now support same-sex marriage, having previously opposed its introduction in Parliament.

Ms Morgan, who is also the Education Secretary, said that she had learned “an awful lot” about the issue since taking on the equalities brief earlier this year.

Her appointment in David Cameron’s last reshuffle in July led some to question her commitment to equality after she had previously voted against legislation introducing same-sex marriage.

But she said that at the time she had been swayed by strong opposition among her Loughborough constituents as well as regarding it as an “issue of conscience”.

“We’re all as Members of Parliament, we’re here to represent, to listen, to change minds,” she told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

“But I had a lot of constituents who asked me to vote in a particular way and I listened to them and it was an issue of conscience too. But I have certainly learned an awful lot doing this job.”

Asked if she would vote differently now, Ms Morgan, who is launching a £2 million fund to help tackle homophobic bullying in schools, said: “I think I probably would.”

She added: “At the end of the day as a Member of Parliament I am obviously here to represent my constituents. I had a request of 10-to-one in favour of me to vote against it.

“I wish that people had come forward earlier to say that ‘Actually, we’d like you to support it’. I suppose for some people it was, perhaps, obvious but I think it was something we needed to discuss and debate.”

Published: Wednesday 29th October 2014 by The News Editor

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